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USS Gary (FFG-51)
USS Gary (FFG-51)
Career (US)
Namesake: Commander Donald A. Gary
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, San Pedro, California
Laid down: 18 December 1982
Launched: 19 November 1983
Commissioned: 17 November 1984
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego
Motto: "Freedom's Foremost Guardian"
Nickname: "Two Guns"
Status: in active service, as of 2010
General characteristics
Class and type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 453 feet (138 m), overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draught: 22 feet (6.7 m)
Propulsion: 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31,000 kW) through a single shaft and variable pitch propeller
2 × Auxiliary Propulsion Units, 350 hp (260 kW) retractable electric azipods for maneuvering and docking.
Speed: over 29 knots (54 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-49 air-search radar
AN/SPS-55 surface-search radar
CAS and STIR fire-control radar
AN/SQS-56 sonar.
Electronic warfare
and decoys:

As built:
One OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun
two Mk 32 triple-tube (324 mm) launchers for Mark 46 torpedoes
one Vulcan Phalanx CIWS; four .50-cal (12.7 mm) machine guns.
one Mk 13 Mod 4 single-arm launcher for Harpoon anti-ship missiles and SM-1MR Standard anti-ship/air missiles (40 round magazine)

Note: As of 2004, Mk13 systems removed from all active US vessels of this class. **However, the Mk 13 Mod 4 single-arm launcher has been removed (as with all other US Navy frigates) due to the weapons system becoming obsolete.
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters

USS Gary (FFG-51) is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate in the United States Navy. She was named for Commander Donald A. Gary (1903–1977).

Gary was laid down on 18 December 1982 at San Pedro, CA, by the Todd Pacific Shipyards Co., Los Angeles Division; launched on 19 November 1983; and commissioned on 17 November 1984.


USS Gary (FFG-51).

Recent news

Gary is homeported at Naval Station San Diego, CA as of July 2007, when the USS McCampbell replaced her at Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan and part of Destroyer Squadron 15and the U.S. Navy's Forward Deployed Naval Forces.

On 9 February 2007 Gary docked at the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville. It is the first time since the Vietnam War that an American warship has docked in Cambodia.

Gary has an active VBSS team onboard to facilitate its new homeport with Maritime Interdiction Operations, anti-drug, and anti-smuggling missions.

External links

This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.



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